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Shadowrun Returns brings back one of our most original & cherished game settings as a 2D turn-based RPG for tablets & PC.
Shadowrun Returns brings back one of our most original & cherished game settings as a 2D turn-based RPG for tablets & PC.
36,276 backers pledged $1,836,447 to help bring this project to life.

A Preview of Our New Setting: Coming to Kickstarter in January 2015!

Posted by Harebrained Schemes LLC (Creator)

Here's a piece of look & feel concept art for our new setting. We'll show how it translates into Shadowrun's isometric gameplay view when our Kickstarter launches in January!

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    1. RC on

      Gettin an early jump on makin 'wit 'da dissemblin...disemhate...err...tell chummers 'bout 'da project! ^_^

    2. Sabin Figaro on

      Yup, day 1 backer here too. You keep making them, I'll keep buying them. Bringing back digital Shadowrun RPGs is just making me ultra happy :) Sooooooo, today then? Today? Hmm? :D

    3. Space Monkey on

      Will be Day 1 backer on that too, no doubt about that. Shadowrun Returns, Wasteland 2 and Divinity OS are the jewels of the KS game projects, and I'd like that to continue!
      PS: please make it a coop playable campaign this time!

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      kud13 on

      Day 1 backer, for SR, will Day 1 back this.

      Really enjoying my first take @ Dragonfal at the moment, one suggestion for improvement:

      When running with a perma-team, plz make it possible to buy gear and upgrades for the whole team, a ala most party-based RPGs.

      Whomever said "stealth"--i'm all for it, if possible.

      And yeah, please feel free to spam my inbox when this launches, I'll be throwing money at you Day1.

    5. fdisk on

      Count me in, I still very much believe in Kickstarter. More so after Shadowrun Returns, Dragonfall, Wasteland 2, and Divinity: OS

    6. DS_Nadine on

      You keep making them, I keep buying them! :-D
      I'd take 2 campaigns a year. :-D

    7. Ryan "Keokuk" Smith on

      I really enjoy the game setting, and want to see more.

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      Vincent Lhote on

      It looks like the Sik Sik Wong Tai Sin Temple. And the street give a feel of Temple Street, but those are not connected. It looks great, any chance of a desktop version?
      I’m also one of the backer that voted for Hong Kong in the first Kickstarter and I’m glad to see it come back in some form. I hoped the HK setting would be more of a break from Seattle than Berlin, but after playing Dragonfall, my concerns disappeared.

    9. Andrew Gibbons on

      I threw a $50 note at the screen .. it flew into a fan and jammed the fan. Don't worry, the $50 note was ok, I'm ready to try again.

    10. Broose on

      This already has my nuyen.

    11. Jared87 on

      If you can only make one major improvement/new system to the game - please, make it stealth. I agree with a lot of others who say that Shadowrun feels strange without stealth mechanics built in. I love these games but my one gripe is that combat begins to feel repetitive at a certain point - allowing for stealth and what it can introduce such as setting up ambushes and out-thinking enemies would make these games a more complete experience.

    12. Krzysztof Zięba on

      I LOVE IT! Can't wait to see what you have in store for the game. Will do my best to back you, the previous two campaigns were both really strong! Projects like yours make it feel sooo good to back a crowdfunding campaign :)

    13. Johannes 'Waldgeist' Rebhan on

      I am still a bit sad, that a game set in Berlin wasn't translated into German. Several of my Shadowrun Group didn't buy Dragonfall because of that. They are not as comfortable in English.

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      Johannes on


      - Update in Januar
      - Multiplayer
      - Donation level

      - Update in Januar:
      When the new kickstarter is opened make sure to send an update here.
      That way i will not miss it.

      - Multiplayer:
      Me and my friends meet once a week to play coop games.
      We love Shadowrun and would like to play some more.

      - Donation level
      Last Time i had a problem with the digital only bundle.
      My donation was cut off because the digital only donation was too low.
      Please create a digital only level with something like 100$.
      If multiplayer makes it you could give out N steam keys.
      That way we can give them to our multiplayer friends.
      That may even be a good idea for multiple digital only levels.
      We are 6 people, me + 5. So a +5 Steam key Level would be great for me.

    15. TanukiBalls on

      Shut up and take my money!

    16. Ber on

      Yes please!

      Improvement requests for next game / engine revision:
      - More matrix gameplay depth
      - Better inventory management, including ability to swap items between party members in & out of combat
      - an info screen for items that spells out what it actually offers (eg special abilities that are extra on guns, or not available on them)
      - generally clearer feedback on how items, mechanics and skills work. eg clarify that ESPs are usable once per matrix session, not consumable. have available somewhere the formula for chance to hit, crit chance etc. show what impact ley lines have on spells.
      - option to enter combat mode voluntarily, so you can position your team for combat, and use a sniper for first shot when you manage to sneak up on enemies
      - show what angle is required for flanking / to be flanked
      - let players stand next to a doorway and use it as cover to shoot from, so often a diagonal shot thru a door looks like it should be a clear shot but counts as 'LoS blocked'

      Also, +1 to desktop size image request :D

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      Auxilius on

      Congrats, I'm hyped. Your artist is insanely good.

      This is a new kickstarter so I expect a new hero but I wish hard it is one from the old campaigns. I love continuity.

      In order to contain the excitement, I should finish the Director's Cut. You guys are awesome.

    18. Ryan "Keokuk" Smith on

      I'm interested, and will probably back. Holidays maybe not as high a tier as I'd like, but I'm definitely interested.

    19. Dave, Shadowrunner on

      Shut down and take my nuyen!

    20. Adam Loyd on

      Do.... do I spy Hong Kong? YES!!!!!

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      wizardwolf on

      I backed the first game and will definitely back this one, but I would really like to see an expanded and re-vamped matrix. PLEASE add some depth to the matrix part of the game, so that it feels like decking and not just re-skinned combat

    22. Jess Montgomery on

      Yay will be waiting on tender hooks!

    23. Munly Leong on

      Hell yes. Hopefully you do it right the first time though, without any "director's cut" to find time to replay later. I still haven't

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      Matthew11g on

      Very excited for this!

    25. Wizfall on

      You did an awesome job/game with a great customer support.
      I will happily back again day one !

    26. Ivan on

      GREAT NEWS! Baker from day one. Bought the game even a 2nd time and I do own the iPad version too.

      What I am expecting: Additional content in form of new adventures (runs), maybe even some stuff that resumes on the DMS / Dragonfall campaign and allows us to import our chars. A possible stretchgoal could be a new setting or maybe even two.

      What I am hoping: Sandbox mode of Shadowurn Returns. I would go crazy if HBS introduced some kind of GM-mode for live runs (RPG seasons) with your friends.

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      madscotsman on

      Take my money and firstborne

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      Karl Malm on

      Awesome-sauce stuff, wonder how guns will fit into that setting :P

    29. Damien Lockrow on

      Is... is that...?

      Dear Harebrained Schemes,

      I like you do you like me too?

      Y / N

      - Damien

    30. Josh Gunderson on

      Oh man, do need a wallpaper of this!

    31. Dei Mudder on

      Shut up and take my Money $$$

    32. Marc Aranha on

      Well - concept art is pretty at least :D If it's the same engine, here's hoping for more character creation options and perhaps a bump in the character models. Regardless, if this is building off the excellent storytelling of Dragonfall then I'm in.

    33. Jalister on

      I have three words for you.

      "Wallpaper size please"

    34. Sean Long on

      What Luke Simon just said, below? I echo it all, 110%.

      Well, okay, maybe not the SNES fandom; I didn't like that incarnation of Shadowrun very much. But everything ELSE ... yeah, 110%. :)

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      Luke Simon on

      As an early backer of Shadowrun Returns, I loved both Shadowrun Returns and Dragonfall. I also loved both the SNES and Genesis Shadowrun games, and I will be an early backer of Shadowrun Returns 2.

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      Ben W on

      Pants. Moist.

    37. gandalf.nho

      Nice, my wallet will be waiting!

    38. RC on

      @ShadySands Happy Birthday to you, omae! And Happy Holidays (or just a fraggin AWESOME December & Shadowrun New Year) to awl youse, Chummers!

      ...I think this bit of neon light in the shadows is a pretty WIZ gift to us from HBS. ^_^

    39. ShadySands on

      I can't wait!

      Happy birthday me

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      Emeraude on

      One thing I hope for is that they can deliver on astral, so that we have all three worlds available.
      Big undertaking from both an asset creation and mechanical creation/testing standpoint, so I'm not holding my breath.

      We need rats though.

      Also, given the name of the original 2015 Kickstarter teaser image was named "HK-KS-Teaser.png" I think it's safe to bet on Hong Kong.

      Can't wait to see what the crazy lovely people will come up with.

    41. Matt Selander on

      I'm ready for this. C'mon 2015!

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    43. Oberon on

      I am hoping the game advances and leaves its IPad connections behind as it limits the size and interactions with the maps. What I would love too see is a large open world like divinity original sin accomplished, but with the amazing setting of Shadow Run.

    44. Oldschool Shadowrunner on

      Well after Elite Dangerous debacle I specifically stated that I will not back any other video game project on Kickstarter with one exception... Shadowrun! One thing I would like to see enhanced and updated is DocWagon Kits. For something that it was a backers reward first time around I felt you guys took an easy route and cheapened the experience by making it look like another "med-kit".

    45. Spacebug on

      Hong Kong campaign, YESSSSSSS! <3 you guys!

    46. Sam Wright

      Nice look. Will the new campaign run on SRR, the Director's Cut, or will it have its own new engine?

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      Azriel on

      Like I and others said, can we have options that is less combat focused. It was near useless to put points in anything except combat since that was all the previous games seemed to focus on that while ignoring your other traits most of the time. Also the linear paths, limited quests, limited NPC dialag, and limited choices made the game get repetitive pretty fast. I enjoyed the games, but it was pretty limited. I think most of us do not want a cheap tablet game, but a full on RPG in Baulder's gate/PST style. That is a project most of us would be more than happy to throw money at.

    48. RC on

      @Jean-Pierre Guay, game developer after game developer that's tried to tacker converting the PnP game mechanics directly to video games have all reported, without exception, that it turns out to A) not be fun to play, and B) between the massive variety, complexity, logic contradictions, and multiple versions of Shadowrun tabletop rules, it's a prohibitive cost undertaking that a few million nyuen from a Kickstarter won't cover. It'd need AAA budget development, and then it's unlikely to break even on sales at that level of development investment.

      That being said, in so many ways, Shadowrun Returns/Dragonfall connects with the intent of the PnP game mechanics that I think it feels right, and it's a helluvalotta fun 'ta play ^_^

    49. Reod Dai on

      Well... I'm ready for a new KS campaign with you guys.